From the 21-25 June, Intoart will present a pop-up exhibition in Fitzrovia, central London, to fundraise for their ongoing studio programme that provides much-needed access to art education and exhibition opportunities for learning-disabled and autistic artists.
Over the last fifteen years, Intoart have set up cultural partnerships and new commissions for their artists with major institutions including Tate, the V&A, Poetry Library (Southbank Centre) and the Whitechapel Gallery. These partnerships and collaborative projects provide a platform for learning-disabled artists to be seen and recognised as professional artists.
Intoart Trustee and British fashion designer, Betty Jackson CBE, says:
"I am proud to be a trustee of Intoart and to be able to support the endeavours of this Charity as it continues to facilitate so many platforms for the practises of these talented artists, all of whom have learning disabilities, to be shared and appreciated. The work is inspirational, beautiful, sensitive and exciting and deserves to be celebrated more widely."
The Intoart Annual exhibition will include over 100 framed original artworks and will launch Design by Intoart, a new range of, homeware and fashion accessories made in collaboration with Intoart artists and established designers such as fashion designer Holly Fulton and ceramicist Matt Raw. Talks and events will be held throughout the week with invited artists, fashion designers, design entrepreneurs including British ceramicist Carol McNicol.
Thirteen artists from the Intoart studio will present new work for the exhibition. Highlights from the exhibition include:
Ntiense Eno Amooquaye is a writer, performer and visual artist. Her figurative drawings on paper explore themes of fashion and the image of the model. This exhibition will include three of her large-scale works of text and image painted in vibrant colours. Amooquaye will perform a new poem on the opening night of the exhibition inspired by a dress made in collaboration with British designers Holly Fulton and James Lambert from the fashion label Holly Fulton, which will also be on display. Amooquaye (31) joined the Intoart collective in 2007, and since then has exhibited and performed in major contemporary art galleries and museums in the UK, including a solo exhibition at the Poetry Library, Southbank Centre in 2014.
Mawuena Kattah has developed a significant body of work derived from photographs of her close and extended family and friends from Ghana. Using photographs spanning a number of decades she captures these images in her paintings. For this exhibition she has created a ceramic tile frieze, comprised of forty-eight hand-glazed tiles, that portrays the vibrant colours of family photographs and African batik fabrics from Brixton Market. Kattah also presents a series of three large-scale ceramic pots, the result of an exciting collaboration with ceramicist Matt Raw. The pots, hand glazed by Kattah, are hand built by Raw in response to Kattah’s drawings of real and imagined pots from the V&A Museum permanent collections. Kattah (41) joined the Intoart collective in 2007 and since then has exhibited in a range of galleries and museums including the Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Modern, Studio Voltaire and MAD Musée, Belgium.
The Super Collection by Andre Williams is a kaleidoscope of typography and pencil drawings presented in a salon style hang of over fifteen framed works including a double-headed serpent, Aztec mosaic mask and Buddhist Tiara. Williams’ design editions include typographic Riso Prints It’s a Disaster and Hard Labour, GLUM’ enamel pin and Fabulous Hoard pencil case. Williams’ is a founder member of the Design by Intoart studio. Williams’ work reflects his interest in graphic art and curious objects, including his popular drawings of robots, fantastical dragons, ritual masks and text based works. Williams (28) joined Intoart in 2010 and has exhibited at the V&A Museum and Peckham Platform.
The full list of exhibiting artists are: Ruth Alemayehu, Ntiense Eno Amooquaye, Selina Helene, Udehi Imienwanrin Kevin Jacobs, Mawuena Kattah, Henry Nzekwu. Christian Ovonlen, Yoshiko Phillips, Philomena Powell, Lisa Trim, Andre Williams and Clifton Wright.